There is truly no more bogus system in any marketplace than that which governs art
SO it turns out that Leonardo’s ‘Rearing Horse’ in the Hunt Museum in Limerick – one of the most popular exhibits there – is not a Leonardo at all. Metallurgical analysis has revealed that it was cast in the 19th century.
At best, its false attribution was a mistake, at worst, a forgery. Either way, its altered attribution not merely will cause it to forfeit its value as a prize exhibit, but it reveals once again the vital role of “whence” in our evaluation of the beauty of anything.
This is, in a way, a testament to the snobbery with which we invest almost all aesthetic values. We want our artefacts to have been touched by the hand of a known genius, rather than be the product of a Birmingham smelter.